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Distance Learning Modeling Instruction courses available spring 2017

Aurora Univeristy logoThis spring AMTA will be offering two exciting distance learning courses, Middle School 2 and Chemistry 2,  for Modelers who want to experience advanced model development with amazing instructors. These 45-hour distance learning courses can be taken for up to 4 graduate credits through Aurora University at only $100 per credit hour.

Middle School 2

Middle School logoMiddle School 2 will run from January 16 -April 24 (15 weeks), with an open house to prepare with technology on January 9th. It will be led by Erin Conrardy and Christi Mendoza  who are each expert Middle School ModelingTM instructors. The course will focus on teacher’s further skill development in all aspects of the modeling method and improvement of their confidence with its implementation. It will focus on three fundamental models: 1) Matter – describing and classifying its structure, 2) Energy – as an agent of change in any system, 3) Matter and Energy Interactions which unify all science content areas. Participants will reflect on the modeling cycle and develop familiarity with the materials necessary for full classroom implementation. Teachers will work through activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes in the distance learning environment. Throughout the course, they will be asked to reflect on their practice, and how they might apply the techniques they have learned in the course; as well as how to modify activities, improve current unit activities, and “modelize” their own activities for use in their classes.

Limited seats are available so follow this link for more information and to signup for Middle School 2.

Chemistry 2

chemistry logoChemistry 2 will run from January 19th -April 27 (15 weeks), with an open house to prepare with technology on January 12th. It will be led by expert chemistry modeling leaders Larry Dukerich and Brenda Royce. The course will develop an evidence-based approach to the internal structure of the atom, periodicity and covalent bonding, intermolecular forces, equilibrium and acids and bases. It will also build teaches’ skill and confidence implementing Modeling InstructionTM in their classes. Participants will frequently perform all the laboratory investigations and problem solving as their students would as well as considering common preconceptions and misconceptions students hold. Additionally, they will they will practice student discourse management strategies, and employ Socratic dialogue, and inquiry-based classroom techniques as teacher leaders within the classroom.

Limited seats are available so follow this link for information and to register for Chemistry 2:


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